The initial stages of the Renault GAA World Games will be played out at the WIT Arena from 28 July-1 August, with the finals at Croke Park on 2 August
The countdown is on to the Renault World GAA Games 2019, with the launch taking place recently at the WIT Arena.
The initial stages of the Renault GAA World Games will be played out at the WIT Arena from 28 July to 1 August, with the finals taking place on 2 August at Croke Park. This is the third-ever staging of what is a major international festival and celebration of Gaelic Games participation all over the globe, and this summer features a record breaking 97 teams totalling 1,300 players coming to the South-East to take part.
Social and cultural exchange
As well as the event being hosted at the WIT Arena the College is further represented with former graduate and current Waterford Hurling Captain Noel Connors carrying out the role of player ambassador for the event. He joins representatives from men’s, ladies’ football and camogie.
The unique feature of the Renault GAA World Games is that there is competition for Irish-born and native-born (non-Irish born) teams representing more than 10 regions around the world. More than 60 international teams will be twinned with local clubs from across Waterford GAA with the emphasis on a social and cultural exchange, and the competing teams and Waterford GAA Clubs will take part in a major parade that marks the start of the World Games in Waterford City on Sunday, 28 July.
Waterford City is being primed with flags and banners of welcome for the visit of a festival expected to bring 5,000 additional people into the city and county for the week.
During the launch President of the GAA, John Horan spoke about "the phenomenal growth which is taking place in World GAA outlining that there are “eight world titles on offer for Irish born and native-born teams in men's football, ladies’ football, hurling and camogie. The prize in Waterford is the right to get to make the trip to play at Croke Park.”
Head of WIT Vikings Sport and the WIT Arena John Windle outlined how much it means to be hosting the games: “It's fantastic for WIT and all here at the WIT Arena to have the opportunity to host this International event. It promises to be a very special occasion, a festival of sport that will live long in the memories of all involved.”